(Day Twenty-seven)Daily Lenten Devotional
Friday, March 31st (Day Twenty-seven)
I pray for the courage to walk with Jesus Christ and to be with him in his passion and death.
The Second Song of the Suffering Servant, Isaiah 49:1-6
1. Come into God’s (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) loving presence. Feel God’s loving gaze. Offer yourself completely to God.
2. Silently sit before God for 10 minutes.
3. Read Isaiah 49:1-6 five times very slowly. The first time, simply and reverently read it, allowing God’s word to flow over you. The second time be aware of any verse word, phrase or concept that God is revealing to you as you read. Meditate silently for several minutes what the Lord has given you. During the third reading allow a prayer to formulate in your heart and offer that prayer to God. As the Scripture is read a fourth time, allow yourself to be drawn into the biblical scene as if you are living it right now. Be aware of any physical sensations, thoughts, or emotions that may arise. Journal your experience in detail. The fifth and final reading should be a reading of unknowing. Simply rest in the mystery of God’s presence and God’s Word, peacefully and with great joy.
4. Journal important aspects of the entire experience.
Read the following. You may use it as a guide or just food for thought:
As I meditate on this reading, I am still reflecting on yesterday’s as well. I feel that there has been a time of preparation within the Godhead, an anticipation of the Kairos moment, before the birth of Jesus. As I meditate I begin to think of ways I have been prepared for God’s calling in my life, even before I was born. It took me some time to realize that I was a teacher, speaker and writer, even though signs were plentiful. When I was thirteen I wrote a column in a local newspaper called “Gene Coins.” I always wrote newsletters and published “The Collectors Cabinet.” I wrote an unpublished book on the rare coin marketplace. I taught in a community college about rare coins. I spoke to financial planners and at many other venues. My book “Knowing as We Are Known” has been well received, as has the weekly spiritual formation newsletter titled The Awakening Letter. As I look back, these and many other indicators show me that the Lord has been, and continues preparing me His work. As I get older and I consider the teacher, speaker, writer trajectory that I have been on all these many years my current path becomes more and more clear.